Arts Season Previews: 2022-2023

At last, arts exhibitions and performances have returned in full swing to West Michigan.

This season, there’s heaps and mounds to look forward to in the year ahead. We have big Broadway shows like Hadestown, Six and Beetlejuice coming through; the return of live performances with symphonies and ensembles taking to the stage; and powerful art exhibitions exploring race, culture and the future. 

With any luck and lots of work, all these amazing events and more will be coming to West Michigan in the year ahead — just remember to check with organizations to confirm details.


Grand Rapids Symphony 
300 Ottawa Ave. NW Ste. 100, Grand Rapids

Richard and Helen DeVos Classical:

Beethoven’s Fifth + Sarah Chang, Sept. 16-17

Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra, Oct. 7-8 

Timothy McAllister: The Saxophone Virtuoso, Oct. 21-22

Organ Symphony and Cameron Carpenter, Nov. 4-5 

Night on Bald Mountain + Andrei Ioniță, Jan. 6-7 

Rachmaninoff 3 + Sergei Babayan, Feb. 3-4

Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, Mar. 10-11

Mozart’s Requiem + Joyce Yang, Mar. 24-25

Dvořák 7 + Sitar Concerto, Apr. 28-29

Mahler’s Titan, May 19-20

The Pianists

Natasha Paremski, Oct. 2

Andrew von Oeyen, Mar. 5

Fox Motor Pops:

Dancing in the Street: Music of Motown, Sept. 30

The Polar Express in Concert, Nov. 18-20 

University of Michigan Health-West Holiday Pops, Dec. 1-4 

Pops Knockouts with Caroline Campbell, Jan. 20-21

Cirque Musica: Gershwin’s Rhapsody, Mar. 3-4

Prohibition: The Rise of the Jazz Age, Apr. 21-22

Chamber Series:

Mozart’s Paris, Sept. 23

Beethoven’s First, Feb. 24

Haydn’s London, Apr. 14

Special Events

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 in Concert, Jan. 27-28 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in Concert, Jan. 28-29

Brass Transit: The Musical Legacy of Chicago, Apr. 1

Fontana Chamber Arts 
359 Kalamazoo Mall Ste. 200, Kalamazoo

Catalyst Quartet, Sept. 30

Saint Lawrence String Quartet, Dec. 2

Immanuel Wilkins Quartet, Mar. 24 

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Apr. 28

Frauenthal Center
425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon

Tiempo Libre, Oct. 22

Black Violin, Feb. 26

Holland Symphony Orchestra
96 W. 15th St. Ste. 201, Holland 

Onstage with HSO, Sept. 10

Pulling Out the Stops: Huw Lewis, Sept. 24

Symphonie Fantastique, Oct. 15

Holiday Concert: Celebrate the Season, Dec. 10 

Dance Into Spring, Mar. 19 

Romantic Masterpieces, Apr. 22

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra 
359 Kalamazoo Mall Ste. 100, Kalamazoo

Masterworks Opening Night, Sept. 24

Afternoon of Jazz, Oct. 2

Flora, Fauns & Beethoven’s 6, Oct. 22

Bruckner: An Epic Symphony, Nov 12

Holiday Pops, Dec 3-4

Modern Marvels, Jan 29 

Jurassic Park, Feb. 24

An All-American Celebration, Mar. 18 

Brahms: A Requiem to Hope, Apr. 15

Afternoon on Broadway, Apr. 30 

Season Finale, May 20

Takes on Tango, Jun. 4 

St. Cecilia Music Center 
24 Ransom Ave. NE, Grand Rapids 

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center:

Beethoven to Beach, Nov. 17 

Magical Schubert, Jan. 19

Delight & Drama, Mar. 23

Spectacular Jazz Series

Rodriguez Martinez Duo, Oct. 13 

Artemis, Feb. 16 

Emmet Cohen Trio, Mar. 9

Acoustic Cafe Folk:

Janis Ian: Last North American Tour, Oct. 19

The Wood Brothers, Oct. 27 

Mat Kearney, Nov. 18 

Chris Thile, Feb. 5 

Josh Ritter, Mar. 2

West Michigan Symphony 
360 W. Western Ave. Ste. 200, Muskegon

Music of John Williams, Sept. 30 

Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky, Nov. 4 

Clickity Clack Ho Ho Ho, Dec. 3 

Home for the Holidays, Dec. 16 

Mozart and Haydn, Mar. 3

Chaplin’s Smile, Mar. 24

Louis Armstrong Tribute with Byron Stripling, Apr. 28

Brahms Symphony No. 2, May 19

Holst: The Planets, Jun. 9

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Jesus Christ Superstar at Wharton Center. Courtesy Photo


Broadway Grand Rapids
122 Lyon St. NW, Grand Rapids

Tootsie, Oct. 11-16

Come From Away, Nov. 8-13 

Six, Jan. 10-15

My Fair Lady, Apr. 11-16

Hadestown, May 9-14

Disney’s Frozen, Jul. 11-23

Central Park Players
421 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven

Witch, Oct. 14-22

Guys on Ice, Dec. 9-17

Four Places, Mar. 3-11

Rumors, May 12-20

Farmers Alley Theatre Kalamazoo
221 Farmers Alley, Kalamazoo 

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Sept. 22- Oct. 9

A Swingin’ Christmas: The Tony Bennett Musical, Nov. 18-Dec. 11 

The Great Leap, Jan. 27-Feb.12 

Becoming Dr. Ruth, Mar. 10-19

Chicken & Biscuits, Apr. 21- May 7

Rent, Jun. 23-Jul. 9

Frauenthal Center
425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon

The Nutcracker, Dec. 17

DETROIT '67, March 9-11

Festival Playhouse, Kalamazoo College 
1200 Academy St., Kalamazoo

Othello, Nov. 3-6

Gilmore Theatre/WMU Theatre 
1903 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo

The Lightning Thief, Sept. 23-Oct. 8

The Tempest, Sept. 30-Oct. 9 

The Thanksgiving Play, Oct 28-Nov. 9 

Pippin, Nov. 11-20

Next Stop, Broadway!, Dec. 1-3

Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea, Jan. 26-Feb.5

Conversations in the Gallery, Feb. 17-26 

On The Town, Mar. 17-26

The Play That Goes Wrong, Apr. 7-16

Grand Rapids Ballet
341 Ellsworth Ave. SW, Grand Rapids

Elemental Movement, Oct. 14-16

The Nutcracker, Dec. 9-18 

Romeo & Juliet, Feb. 17-19 

Jumpstart 2023, Mar. 24-26

Ballet + Broadway, Apr. 21-30

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
30 N. Division Ave., Grand Rapids 

The Revolutionists, Sept. 23-Oct. 9

Mary Poppins, Nov. 18-Dec. 18

Once On This Island, Jan. 20-Feb. 5

Puffs, Mar. 2-12

Ten For All, Mar. 17-19 

Something Rotten!, Apr. 28-May 21

Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids 
2727 Michigan NE, Grand Rapids 

Crossing Delancey, Sept. 28-Oct. 9 

The Creation of the World and Other Business, Feb. 2-12

Indecent, Apr. 20-30

Kalamazoo Civic Theatre
329 S. Park St., Kalamazoo

Disney’s Newsies, Sept. 16-Oct. 2

Side by Side by Sondheim, Oct. 7-16 

Pride and Prejudice, Oct. 21-30

Puffs, Nov. 11-20 

Meet Me in St. Louis, Dec. 2-18

A Raisin in the Sun, Jan.13-29 

Clybourne Park, Jan. 27-Feb 5

First Date, Feb. 10-19 

The Rainbow Fish Musical, Mar. 3-12

Morning’s at Seven, Mar. 17-26 

Polkadots, Apr. 21-30

The Hunchback of Notre Dame, May 5-21

Miller Auditorium
2200 Auditorium Dr, Kalamazoo

Anastasia, Oct. 7-8

Hairspray, Nov. 4-5

The Book of Mormon, Jan. 27-28

Cats, Feb. 17-18

Jagged Little Pill, Mar. 10-12

Muskegon Civic Theatre 
425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon

Seussical, Jr., Sept. 10-11

Return to the Forbidden Planet, Oct. 7-22

Inspecting Carol, Nov. 18-Dec. 4

Anne & Emmett, Jan. 13-21

Miss Holmes, Feb. 10-25

Cinderella, May 4-7

Opera Grand Rapids
1320 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids

Pirates of Penzance, Oct. 28-30

The Last American Hammer, Feb. 17-19 

Aida, May 5-7 

Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers
359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo 

Fall Concert of Dance, Nov. 18-20

Regional Alternative Dance Festival, Mar. 3-5

Spring Concert of Dance, May 19-21

Wharton Center for Performing Arts 
750 E. Shaw Ln., East Lansing

Pretty Woman, Dec. 13-18 

Jagged Little Pill, Jan. 31-Feb. 5

Beetlejuice, Mar. 14-19 

TINA, Apr. 18-23

Wicked, May 10-28

Jesus Christ Superstar, Jun. 13-18

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Muskegon Museum of Art. Courtesy Photo


Broad Art Museum 
547 E. Circle Dr., East Lansing

Latoya Ruby Frazier: Flint is Family in Three Acts, Aug. 6-Jan. 29

Celebrating Zaha Hadid’s Designs, Sept. 10-Feb. 12

Grand Rapids Art Museum 
101 Monroe Center, Grand Rapids

An Extraordinary Legacy: The Miner S. and Mary Ann Keeler Collection, May 17-Oct.8

ArtPrize 2022 at GRAM: Andrea Dezsö, Sept. 15-Jan. 14

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited, Oct. 1-Jan. 14 

Rethinking Monuments: American Sculpture in its Time, 1850-2000, Jan.13-Apr.8

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 
314 South Park St., Kalamazoo 

Unmasking Masculinity for the 21st Century, Sept. 24-Dec. 29

Captive Beauties: Depictions of Women in Late Imperial China, Oct. 25-Jan. 15

Balancing the Cosmos: Works by Li Hongwei, Through Oct. 2

Unveiling American Genius, Through Dec. 31

223 W. Main St., Lowell

Fallasburg Arts Festival, Sept. 17-18

U-Create: LowellArts Member Exhibition, Through Oct. 8

GVSU Art Gallery 
1 Campus Dr., Allendale 

As Is: Beauty and the Body in Contemporary Art, Aug. 26-Nov. 5 

Among Friends: Mathias J. Alten and His Michigan Contemporaries, Sept. 9-Apr. 30

ArtPrize 2022: The Word on the Street & Peace Signs, Sept. 15-Oct. 3

Anatomy of an Image: Stewart Ashlee and His Artistic Process, Nov. 4-Mar. 18

Photographs by David Lubbers, Nov. 4-Mar. 18 

Frauenthal Center
425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon

Valentina Gregorieva, Aug.-Sept.

Wayne Pierce, Oct.-Nov.

Mary Jane Pories, Dec.-Jan.

Franciscan Artists, Feb.

Muskegon Showcase, March

Janine Zomermaad, Apr.-May

Henry Droski, June-July

Muskegon Museum of Art 
296 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon

Bruce McCombs: City Journeys, Sept. 8-Nov. 6

The Rise of Print: Rembrandt & Company, Sept. 15-Mar. 19

93rd Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition, Oct. 6-Nov. 30

Saugatuck Center for the Arts 
400 Culver St., Saugatuck

Scotty Jacobs, Through Dec. 31

Lettuce Grow, Through Dec. 31

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts 
17 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids

Portals: Alfield Reeves, Through Oct. 22

Impulsive/Decisive: Works from the O’Neill Collection, Through Oct. 29

Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives 
87 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids

All That Jazz

African American Travel

Riot, Race, Reconciliation: The 55th Anniversary 

Negro League

Black Cookbooks 

Afro Imagery

Buttons for the Cause